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How to Fix Your Foot Problems

Your feet are two tough tootsies. They spend their days shoved into stilettos, pounding pavements, and supporting your weight while you bounce around on the treadmill or take a Zumba class.

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13 Cute Shoes That Are Good for Your Feet

With these podiatrist-approved pairs, you’ll never have to choose between style and comfort again

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Crazy Workouts - High On Your Heels

"Most heel classes offer to help you tone your legs and bum, while also teaching you how to confidently walk in your shoes. These classes generally combine traditional exercises with dance routines to burn some serious calories. But is it safe? Not surprisingly leading podiatrists say no, Hillary Brenner a podiatrist based in New York says “If you’re jumping up and down, you’re forcing all your body weight to rest on the balls of your feet which can result in stress fractures and ligament damage..."

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Diabetic shoes: Fashion and function

"Every day, people willingly trade good foot health for stylish shoes—think stilettos, platforms, and pointy toeboxes. For some time, however, patients who wore diabetic footwear didn’t have the option of worrying about style versus substance."

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Are Your Shoes Killing You?

"Your favorite footwear—even the flats—may be harming your body in surprising ways. Read on for the new dangers and simple steps to stay healthy..."

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Shoes Can Be A Magnet For Women But Can Be Accident For Women With Diabetes

"Women and shoes, many say it is difficult to be separated. Various types of shoes, ranging from stilettos, wedges, heels up to the extreme as it used to be Lady Gaga became a magnet for women. Collecting all of them can certainly bring its own satisfaction."

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Slideshow: Summer Shoes Threat-o-Meter

"When walking farther than a quarter of a mile, I now stick to running sneakers. But they feel clunky in warm weather, so I asked Hillary Brenner, DPM, a podiatric surgeon and a spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association, to help me find some breezy alternatives."

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Slideshow: The Worst Shoes for Your Feet

"Heels are getting higher and higher," says Hillary Brenner, DPM. "We podiatrists like to call it shoe-icide." Brenner, a spokeswoman for the American Podiatric Medical Association, says ultra-high heels can lead to everything from ankle sprains to chronic pain.  Let's take a closer look at the heights, styles, and woes of today's footwear."

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NYC women commit 'shoeacide'

Hershelle Burton, pictured above, took a spill in her four-inch-tall gold “Dorothy” heels in October, spraining her ankle.

“I’m in high heel rehab,” sighed Burton, 42, a creative services professional who lives in Clinton Hill. As a result of her sprain, and a case of high heel-caused plantar fasciitis, she commutes to her job at BET in glittery Converse sneakers. “No more being cute on the bus or the train,” she lamented.

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The Anti-Shoe

That’s the tagline for these MBT Lami Shoes ($150 at
Zappos.com). Aesthetics aside, the footwear promises a positive effect—it supposedly stimulates your muscles and strengthens your body with its Mesai Sensor technology. You can even walk with these glorified mary janes on the beach, they say. Just one question: If they’re the anti-shoe, what are they then?

Dr. Hillary Brenner, a podiatric surgeon practicing in New York City, can say good things and bad things about these shoes. “I like these shoes because they allow for good shock absorpotion, improves gait (walking), helps people with mild foot deformities, relieves back problems and joint pain,” she points out.

As for what Dr. Brenner doesn’t like about these shoes: “These shoes are not good for people with underlying orthopedic conditions and geriatric patients,” she says. “Before buying these shoes, I recommend a visit to your podiatrist.”

—Ysolt Usigan

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insiderpages "Is there any way to avoid the blisters I usually get after wearing my sandals?"

While it seems like a no-brainer, buy sandals that fit. Wearing even a half size too big or small will cause blistering. "Feet constantly change size, due to weight shifts and aging, so get measured every spring," says Hillary Brenner, a podiatric surgeon in New York City. When choosing your shoes, look for flexible materials such as soft leather and microfiber. Avoid stiff straps that fall across blister-prone ankles or toes. Once you've got your sandals home, moisturize your feet (well-conditioned skin is less likely to blister) and wear the shoes around the house for an hour one day and two the next. "It helps to soften the shoe and mold it to your foot more comfortably," says Dr. Brenner. For extra protection, stick small moleskin patches (available at drugstores) on your heels and across your No toes. The only thing left to do? Apply the perfect polish!

 

   
Click here to view "Life & Sole" a New York Post article featuring Dr. Brenner
   
Click here to view Dr. Brenner answer's on April 10th 2009 from APMA's Ask the Expert Page.
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Click here to view Dr. Brenner answer's on May 12th from APMA's Ask the Expert Page.

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Click here to view Hillary Brenner's TV interview (Story #4 of 7) with ABC 7 News - New York
   

More Than a Pain in the Foot?

Foot pain can mean a lot more than the usual aches from a long walk or standing on the feet all day.

Some foot pains, particularly those that persist for more than a couple of days or even weeks, can be early signs of vascular disease, diabetes or even cancer and should not be overlooked, according to podiatrists.

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Agony of the Feet

Like Avril Lavigne before she got married, your toenails are better with a little edge. Cutting corners sets you up for ingrowns and infections, says Hillary Brenner, D.P.M., an NYC podiatrist. Instead, trim straight across, using a larger version of your standard nail cutter with a straight blade, like the Tweezerman Limited Clipper ($10, available at drugstores). Smooth rough bits with a nail file.

 

   

Travel and Health News

Women and shoes, many say it is difficult to be separated. Various types of shoes, ranging from stilettos, wedges, heels up to the extreme as it used to be Lady Gagamagnet for women. Collecting all of them can certainly bring its own satisfaction.

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Pedicure or Pedicurse? Proceed With Caution

Short of going barefoot, nothing conjures the free spirit of summer like sandals. But given the way we treat our feet—whether we're running marathons or home from work and in shoes that pinch, press, and blister—it's no wonder they need grooming before flaunting.

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Today’s Podiatrists Team with Reebok to Strengthen Media Connections

In early May, APMA’s Communications Department hosted a very successful media event called “Take a Lap with Today’s Podiatrist.” The intention was to build and strengthen existing relationships with select members of the media, a key tactic of the larger Today’s Podiatrist campaign.

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"Toe-besity" Surgery on the Rise

When patients seek out cosmetic surgery from New York-based Dr. Oliver Zong, they're often looking to remove fat, but not from their bellies or thighs.
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How to keep your feet healthy this summer | Beauty | Look Great | Best Health 

Protect your feet from blisters, cracked heels, sunburn and more. Here’s how to keep feet pretty, soft and smelling nice

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